Thursday, April 29, 2010

Wellness Incentive video lists updates to program

This video contains some of the latest updates on the Columbus State Wellness Incentive program for full-time employees. The Wellness Incentive program is hosted on WebMD in partnership with The Ohio State University Managed Health Care Systems, Inc. Get details in this brief video with Wellness Coordinator Nichole Bowman-Glover.

Humorist leads Writers Conference May 1

David Rakoff

Anyone who writes knows it is work – but how do we create writing that works?

The 2010 Columbus State Writers Conference invites you to explore what makes your writing work – and how it can work even better – with professional writers of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, and screenwriting. Join us for a learning-packed day of writing that works! The conference begins at 8 a.m. with a breakfast, and costs only $20 for Columbus State employees and students to attend.

Bestselling humor writer David Rakoff will deliver the conference’s keynote address which is free and open to the public at 12:30 p.m. in the Conference Center ballroom, and he will conduct a small-group humor-writing workshop (reservations suggested). He will also be available for a book-signing.

Featured workshop presenters include poets Louise Robertson and Mike Wright, screenwriter Eric Williams, adventure writer Willie Karidis, graphic novelist Abdul Rashid, ESPN sportswriter Eric Butterman, novelist Diane Kinser, playwright Vivian Lermond, children’s author Will Hillenbrand, and memoirist Julie Gregory.

For more information about the conference, or to register, visit


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It's time for the PERFORMs Annual Review process to begin
All full-time, non-bargaining-unit employees (staff and administrators) who began working for the college prior to January 1, 2010, are required to have an annual review completed in the COOL( Career Opportunities On Line) system. If you are uncertain if this applies to you, please discuss it with your manager.

The first step of the process is for managers to initiate a review that will be completed by employees as a Self Review. Once the manager submits this to the employees, they will receive an email letting them know to log onto COOL to complete this document. These must be completed and submitted to reviewing supervisors no later than May 15, unless directed to submit earlier by the manager. Reviewing supervisors will use this information to complete an annual review, which will be submitted back to the employee and discussed no later than June 4.

For information on completing a Self Review, directions can be found on the PERFORMs webpage:, and prep sessions are also being offered. To register for one of these sessions, follow this link (you may need to copy and paste this link into your browser):

For additional information on the Annual Review or Self Review process please contact your Human Resources employment representative at ext. 2406 or Mary Francis McLaughlin at ext. 5220.

Reminder: All PERFORMs Mid-Year Discussions currently active in the COOL system must be marked complete no later than Friday, April 30. For additional assistance in completing these activities please refer to the directions for employees and supervisors that can be found on the PERFORMs webpage: Questions can also be directed to your Human Resources employment representative at ext. 2408.

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Learn to Tweet with “Ed Learn”
graphiclogoFollow Ed Learn on Twitter for resources on education and learning. Who is Ed Learn? Ed is the Twitter persona of Rich James, Program Coordinator for Faculty Development, and Joel Nelson, Multimedia Web Developer for Instructional Technologies. “Ed is a resourceful guy,” says James. “He comes across a lot of news, research and resources and he is eager to share.”

“He is also a serious guy,” says Nelson. “He won’t be tweeting about what he ate for lunch, but he will tweet about conferences, events and updates from Columbus State and the wider educational community.”

This joint service of Human Capacity Development and Instructional Technologies is offered to support teaching and learning exploration and conversation. Other Twitter users can use the hash tag #edlearn in their tweets to contribute to a common stream of resources. (Attend the following seminar to find out what a “hash tag” is!) You can follow Ed Learn by visiting his Twitter page at

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May 3 webinar details how colleges can effectively use Twitter
graphicThree Columbus State departments will host a webinar and conversation on Twitter called "New Twitter Solutions for Your College: Latest Applications, Tools, and Tips" which will be shown Monday, May 3, from 1-2 p.m. in CT Room 107. Institutional Advancement, Instructional Technologies and Human Capacity Development will host the webinar, followed by a conversation moderated by David Wayne, media relations coordinator in Institutional Advancement, from 2–2:30 p.m.

Learn how to manage your Twitter accounts—personal or official college account; how to use your 140 characters wisely; how to integrate Twitter into campus marketing and communication efforts; how to monitor what is being said about your college; how to find new Twitter applications for your enrollment process and for alumni; and the keys to drive traffic to your college website, blog and Facebook page.

If you are curious how Twitter could support your program outreach and communication, or if you are already using it, please join us for this event. RSVP by registering in advance.

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One Class – Three Generations!

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The three generations sit in their classroom, from left: John Keaton, Laronica Walkier, and Nakita Likely.

It wasn’t exactly supposed to happen this way but if you peak inside Dr. Lydia Gilmore’s twice-weekly class in Delaware Hall you’ll spot three family members spanning three generations. If nothing else, the unique experience should help with their family dynamics in the future. That’s because the class is The Art and Science of Managing Conflict.

The three generations are John Keaton, 58; his daughter Laronica Walkier, 32; and her daughter Nakita Likely, 18. While all three sat together for a photo opportunity—young Nakita generally sits in the back away from her mom and grandfather. But they say they do compare notes occasionally outside class.

All three are at various stages in their degree programs. John and Laronica are majoring in Business Management. Nakita's major is Human Resource Management.

The fact that they ended up in the same class section—in the same quarter—was not pre-planned. Quite the opposite as Laronica told WBNS-TV when a crew was here to cover the story. “(After my daughter told me she was taking the class) I said ‘that's the class I'm taking.’ I asked ‘what time? ’ Then she tells me 9:30 and I'm like ‘oh, no!’ And then my dad calls and he says he's taking the class at the same time. All I could think was ‘not all of us in the same class at the same time.’”

Laronica says her father and daughter are now competing to see who gets a better grade. It certainly gives new meaning to the term “family affair.”


Bridgeview Golf Course tees up season with celebration
golf courseThe 79-year-old Columbus State Bridgeview Golf Course & Driving Range kicks off the 2010 golf season with a grand opening celebration, Saturday, May 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the course at 2738 Agler Road. Columbus State has owned the course since 2000, so this is also the tenth anniversary of the donation.

The par 36 course is located on rolling terrain and tree-lined areas of the city’s northeast side. Brent Ernsberger, general manager and head pro says, “With nine holes it’s a benefit for beginners but it also has challenges for accomplished golfers.”

The full day of events includes an open house , free tips from Columbus State golf instructors and PGA pros (11 a.m. – 2 p.m.), a First Tee Junior Golf Clinic for age 17 and under (2-3 p.m.), and a “Beat the Pros” challenge (3-4 p.m.).

Vendor booths, hourly raffle drawings and free hot dogs and soda will round out the day. Special prices on golf rounds and buckets of balls will be available.

Bridgeview Open League forming now
If you're a golfer without a league, Bridgeview has the perfect solution: Join their Open League now and shoot a weekly round with other golfers who share your love of the game. Open League will play on Wednesdays, beginning May 26 (time TBA), and it's just $9 a round for Columbus State faculty, staff and students. Call 471-1565 today to join!

Late for Groundhog Day
groundhog in grass
This fat little groundhog was photographed April 23 near the 28S parking lot by Elina Vayntraub, Instructional Technology and Distance Learning. He must be gloating over the fact that he correctly predicted a very late spring!

Clifford the dogScholastic Book Fair is May 3-8
Bring the whole family to the Scholastic Book Fair to be held at the Bookstore May 3-8, with selections for readers of all ages. Don't miss Family Night on Wednesday, May 5 from 4-6 p.m., where the kids can meet Clifford the Big Red Dog and Clawdette, the Columbus State Mascot!